For the first time Thomas Hampson created a complete series for the coming season 2004/05 at the Konzerthaus in Vienna:

24.02.2005 – 18:00 “I HEAR AMERICA SINGING”
Lecture with Thomas Hampson

24.02.2005 – 19:30 I HEAR AMERICA SINGING – I
Recital Thomas Hampson

26.02.2005 – 14:30 Symposium at the Konzerthaus
“Artists in America, art from America. The history of their reflection in the world.”
(In co-operation with the Hampsong-Foundation)

27.02.2005 – 19:30 I HEAR AMERICA SINGING – II
RSO Wien / Hampson / Axelrod

03.06.2005 – 19:30 MAHLER-LIEDER – I
Recital Thomas Hampson

06.06.2005 – 19:30 MAHLER-LIEDER – II
Thomas Hampson / Wiener Virtuosen

12.06.2005 – 19:30 “Thaïs”
RSO Wien / Hampson / Fleming / Plasson u.a.

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I HEAR AMERICA SINGING

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics – each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank and beam;
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work,
or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat –
the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench –
the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’s song – the ploughboy’s, on his way
in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother – or of the young wife
at work – or of the girl sewing or washing – Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day – At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.
    Walt Whitman – “Leaves of Grass”

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